aArchives for November, 2015

Archives for November, 2015

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Multiculturalism Advocate Wins VCE Leader Of The Year

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Victorian student Rachael Davies as VCE Leader of the Year at the 2015 VCE Leadership Awards ceremony. The VCE Leadership Awards recognise outstanding students who have made significant contributions to their schools and communities.

Victorian Workers Urged To Take Extra Care On The Job

The Andrews Labor Government is urging all workplaces to make safety a priority and take extra care on the job, following the tragic deaths of five workers in just nine days. Two young workers died in separate workplace incidents yesterday. A 25-year-old electrician was electrocuted while doing maintenance on an air conditioner in Braeside and a 29-year-old worker was killed in Keysborough when he was crushed by a piece of equipment which fell off a forklift. Earlier in the week, a worker was killed in an explosion at Harkaway and a farmer was killed when his tractor rolled over at Loch in South Gippsland.

New Deal To Fight Diseases And Cancers

The leadership and excellence of Melbourne's medical research institutions has helped to secure major investment for world leading discovery into life-saving breakthroughs for rare diseases and cancers. The Australian Genomics Health Alliance, led by researchers from The Murdoch Children's Research Institute, has been awarded $25 million by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to promote the integration of genomic medicine in healthcare across Australia, and has leveraged this grant to more than $125 million through Victorian and interstate partnerships.

Minister To Host Wangaratta Forum On NDIS

Wangaratta locals are invited to a local forum to hear about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015. Minister for Disability Martin Foley is hosting the forum. He will join with the Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, and the National Disability Insurance Agency to talk about how to work together to prepare for the rollout of the NDIS in the Wangaratta area from October 2017. The NDIS is a national program that will provide a new way of delivering services and support for Australians with permanent and significant disability. The NDIS will build a completely new national disability support system.

Minister To Host Whittlesea Forum On NDIS

The Whittlesea community is invited to a forum to hear about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on Friday, 20 November, 2015. Minister for Disability Martin Foley is hosting the forum. He will join with Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and the National Disability Insurance Agency to talk about how to work together to prepare for the rollout of the NDIS in the Whittlesea area from July 2016.

Ice Education Program Rolls Out For Victorian Families

Victorian families affected by ice can now access a new, specialised education program as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $45.5 million Ice Action Plan. Breakthrough: ice education for families will help Victorians to recognise when a family member has a problem with ice, encourage the affected person to get treatment and support them through their recovery.

Tradie Apprentices To Get Half-Price Rego

The Andrews Labor Government will be putting more money back into apprentice tradies’ wallets in the New Year, with the new half-price registration scheme starting on 1 January 2016. The first round of registration renewal notices will be issued next week outlining the steps for eligible trade apprentices to take advantage of the Government’s discount for apprentices. From 1 January, eligible apprentices paying standard registration on a light vehicle in metropolitan Melbourne will save $385.70 per year and apprentices in regional Victoria including Bendigo and Ballarat will save $330.20.

Changes To Protect And Promote Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal Victorians’ voices on cultural heritage protections will be strengthened, under changes proposed by the Andrews Labor Government. Building on the work by former Victorian governments, including the Bracks Labor Government's Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2015 will ensure Aboriginal people have a greater say on cultural heritage, while reducing red tape for applicants.

Second Round Of Interface Funding Opens

New community facilities in Melbourne’s outer suburbs will have another chance to receive funding, under the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Interface Growth Fund. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said Melbourne’s ten Interface councils were invited to apply for funding for the Fund’s final $7 million. The Interface Growth Fund fulfils a key election commitment to establish a dedicated fund to invest in community facilities and spaces across Interface council areas.

New CBD Police Precinct Proposal Moves To Next Phase

A proposal to develop a new police precinct at the western end of Melbourne’s CBD, has progressed to Stage Three of the Government’s Market-led Proposals Interim Guideline. The proposal by Australia Post and Cbus Property is to develop a new Victoria Police Centre headquarters at 311 Spencer St. The new site would provide Victoria Police with a consolidated police precinct with connection to the recently opened City West Police Complex. The site is close to the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Southern Cross Station and has good access to Melbourne’s arterial road network for responding to incidents.

New Faces For Catchment Management In Victoria

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville today announced new appointments to Victoria’s catchment management sector. The new Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) and 10 catchment management authority (CMA) boards will help prepare the state for future environmental and economic challenges such as climate change and population growth, intensifying land use, and natural disasters such as bushfires and floods.

Melbourne Hackathon Unearths A Winner

After 54 hours of intense brainstorming, a team of RMIT University students and CSIRO scientists has emerged as the winner of the 2015 Unearthed Melbourne Hackathon. The event saw teams from around Australia using IT skills, creative thinking and engineering prototyping to solve a real-world challenge in the mining and resources industry in a non-stop 54 hour competition.

Victorian Consumer Sentiment The Highest In The Nation

Victorians have every right to feel confident, the Treasurer Tim Pallas said today, after the Westpac Melbourne Sentiment Index showed that Victoria leads the country in terms of positive consumer sentiment. The result indicates that Victorians feel very confident about the economy for the next 12 months – and for the next five years.

Free Travel Giving Veterans The Support They Deserve

An estimated 500 Victorian veterans who were seriously injured on Australian soil during their service are now eligible for free public transport travel passes. In July, the Andrews Labor Government changed the eligibility requirements for free travel, removing the requirement that a recipient had served overseas at war or in peacekeeping operations. Some 30 eligible veterans have applied, and are now taking advantage of the changes.

Local Music Boosted By $704,078 Investment

Victorian musicians, bands, music festivals, venues and industry events will share in more than $700,000 as the Victorian Government’s Music Works program continues to boost the local industry and the state’s reputation as Australia’s live music heartland. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined the crowd at The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016 to make the announcement and celebrate a year of success for local contemporary music.

Global Showcase Of Victoria’s Mining Industry Underway

hirteen international Mining Ministers will be among 2,500 delegates from more than 30 countries attending the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne today. Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio opened the three-day event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, welcoming Ministers from Iran, Chile, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, PNG, Solomon Islands, Ukraine and Uruguay. As the downturn in mining exploration and construction continues, Victoria is set to benefit from the biggest mining production boom in Australia’s history.